Tuesday, January 3, 2012

New Year- Main goal give back more!!

I am doing it again. I am running the Carlsbad half marathon!  Though running the race this year is even more exciting for multiple reasons.  First, I hope to be in a little bit better shape and would like to set a personal best time.  Second, I am even more connected to the organization I am raising funds for

My fundraising efforts will support Insulindependence.  Brennan my fiancĂ©, yup I said it my fiancĂ© (still puts a huge smile on my face), currently works for the organization as the Associate Development Director and I am becoming an active volunteer with the organization.  

Insulindependence is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that inspires people with diabetes to set personal fitness goals, educates them on adaptive management strategies through hands-on experience, and equips them to explore their individual capacities. Insulindependence helps people with diabetes meet others who share their recreational passions through their fitness and adventure programs, clubs and events.

This summer I donated my time and swimming skills during the annual Insulindependence University held in San Diego.  I assisted a group of people with Type-1 diabetes with their swimming skills and become part of the local volunteer committee for the organization.  I also attend many events with Brennan throughout the year. 

The organization has opened my eyes to the amazing things the group is doing with revolutionizing diabetes management on such a personal level.  For example last weekend Brennan finished his first half-ironman.  That is a 1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike and then a half marathon (13.1 miles).  Due to our involvement with this organization he had an amazing support system that gave him guidance and answered the questions he had for preparation and race situations.  

The organization is also connected to the entire diabetic community and has its members on the fast track for all new information dealing with exercise, medicine, new ways in managing the disease.  You name it they hear about it first. So I would like you to take a minute to think about the family member, friend, neighbor, or co-worker that has diabetes.  Who handles the mathematics of carbs/ insulin ration and so many other things on a daily basis.  I understand that times are tough but any donation large or small makes a huge impact for the organization.  So I thank-you for your donation but I also ask you to please spread the word about this amazing organization Insulindependence.

"Are you IN?"

If you would like to donate please go to my fundraising page.